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Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

ChartThe estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Queensland is

2016: 871,5991 2 3
2015: 831,485
2014: 758,469
2013: 709,994
2012: 675,871
2011: 658,925
2010: 610,358
2009: 598,358
2008: 594,610
2007: 591,082
2006: 589,322
2005: 591,056
2004: 553,461
2001: 556,989
1998: 609,400
1975: 326,0004

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

ChartThe estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) per 100 people in Queensland is

2016: 18.065 6 3
2015: 17.45
2014: 16.12
2013: 15.33
2012: 14.87
2011: 14.78
2010: 13.91
2009: 13.90
2008: 14.19
2007: 14.47
2006: 14.78
2005: 15.17
2004: 14.52
2001: 15.60
1998: 17.96
1975: 16.325

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

ChartIn Queensland, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be

2016: 67,7787
2015: 63,114
2014: 57,876
2013: 52,5897 8
2012: 49,4997 9
2011: 47,805
2010: 44,0437 10
2009: 42,123
2008: 40,513
2007: 40,857
2006: 40,31411
1979: 12,00012

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

ChartThe number of licensed gun owners in Queensland is reported to be

2016: 184,36813
2015: 179,184
2014: 171,71313 14 15
2013: 164,85913 16 17
2012: 161,132
2011: 162,36913 16 17 18
2010: 159,41413 16 17
2009: 152,77213 16
2008: 151,656
2007: 155,09413 16 19
2006: 157,04213 16
2005: 155,677
2004: 157,82216 20
2001: 186,88421
1998: 180,00022

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Queensland is

2016: 3.825
2015: 3.76
2014: 3.65
2013: 3.56
2012: 3.54
2011: 3.64
2010: 3.63
2009: 3.55
2008: 3.62
2007: 3.80
2006: 3.94
2005: 3.99
2004: 4.14
2001: 5.1521
1998: 5.305

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Queensland is reported to be

2016: 792,3637
2015: 755,895
2014: 689,5177 14 15
2013: 645,4497 23 20 8
2012: 614,4287 23 20 8 9
2011: 599,0237 23 20 8 18
2010: 554,8717 23 20 24 8
2009: 543,9627 23 20 24
2008: 540,555
2007: 537,3477 23 20 19
2006: 535,74713 23 20
2005: 537,324
2004: 503,14623 20
2001: 506,35421
1998: 554,00022

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Queensland is

2016: 16.425
2015: 15.86
2014: 14.66
2013: 13.93
2012: 13.52
2011: 13.44
2010: 12.65
2009: 12.63
2008: 12.90
2007: 13.16
2006: 13.44
2005: 13.79
2004: 13.20
2001: 13.9521
1998: 16.335

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

ChartUnlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Queensland there are estimated to be

2016: 79,2361 25 3
2015: 75,590
2014: 68,952
2013: 64,545
2012: 61,443
2011: 59,902
2010: 55,487
2009: 54,396
2008: 54,055
2007: 53,735
2006: 53,575
2005: 53,732
2004: 50,315
2001: 50,635
1998: 55,400

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

ChartUnlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Queensland the rate of illicit firearms per 100 people is estimated to be

2016: 1.645
2015: 1.59
2014: 1.47
2013: 1.39
2012: 1.35
2011: 1.34
2010: 1.26
2009: 1.26
2008: 1.29
2007: 1.32
2006: 1.34
2005: 1.38
2004: 1.32
2001: 1.42
1998: 1.63

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Queensland, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2016: 6426
2015: 50
2014: 56
2013: 57
2012: 57
2011: 49
2010: 77
2009: 65
2008: 67
2007: 67
2006: 64
2005: 52
2004: 63
2003: 75
2002: 71

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2016: 1.3227
2015: 1.05
2014: 1.19
2013: 1.23
2012: 1.25
2011: 1.09
2010: 1.75
2009: 1.50
2008: 1.59
2007: 1.63
2006: 1.60
2005: 1.33
2004: 1.64
2003: 2.00
2002: 1.94

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Queensland, annual homicides by any means total

2016: 4428
2015: 69
2014: 37
2013: 40
2012: 5228 29
2011: 51
2010: 4928 30
2009: 45
2008: 4328 31 32
2007: 53
2006: 56
2005: 29
2004: 29
2003: 68
2002: 47
2001: 6131 32
2000: 61
1999: 70
1998: 67
1997: 67
1996: 7532
1995: 61
1994: 62
1993: 79
1992: 70
1991: 59
1990: 71

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.9133
2015: 1.44
2014: 0.78
2013: 0.86
2012: 1.14
2011: 1.14
2010: 1.11
2009: 1.04
2008: 1.02
2007: 1.29
2006: 1.40
2005: 0.74
2004: 0.76
2003: 1.82
2002: 1.29
2001: 1.71
2000: 1.74
1999: 2.03
1998: 1.97
1997: 2.00
1996: 2.27
1995: 1.88
1994: 1.96
1993: 2.55
1992: 2.32
1991: 1.99
1990: 2.45

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Queensland, annual firearm homicides total

2016: 1328
2015: 2
2014: 5
2013: 4
2012: 1028 34
2011: 8
2010: 728 35
2009: 928 36
2008: 628 37
2007: 1128 38
2006: 728 39
2005: 528 40
2004: 741 28
2003: 1328 42
2002: 228 43

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.2733
2015: 0.04
2014: 0.11
2013: 0.09
2012: 0.22
2011: 0.18
2010: 0.16
2009: 0.21
2008: 0.14
2007: 0.27
2006: 0.17
2005: 0.13
2004: 0.18
2003: 0.35
2002: 0.05

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Queensland, annual handgun homicides total

2016: 228
2015: 0
2014: 4
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 2
2010: 1
2009: 1
2008: 3
2007: 0
2006: 2
2005: 0

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0433
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.08
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.07
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.05
2005: 0.00

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Queensland, annual long gun homicides total

2016: 728
2015: 2
2014: 1
2013: 2
2012: 4
2011: 4
2010: 5
2009: 4
2008: 3
2007: 8
2006: 4
2005: 1
2003: 5
2002: 1

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.1433
2015: 0.04
2014: 0.02
2013: 0.04
2012: 0.09
2011: 0.09
2010: 0.11
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.07
2007: 0.19
2006: 0.10
2005: 0.03
2003: 0.13
2002: 0.03

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Queensland, annual gun homicides (other) total

2016: 428
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 2
2012: 6
2011: 2
2010: 1
2009: 4
2008: 0
2007: 3
2006: 1
2005: 4
2003: 8
2002: 1

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of gun homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0833
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.04
2012: 0.13
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.02
2005: 0.10
2003: 0.21
2002: 0.03

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Queensland, annual suicides by any means total

2016: 67344
2015: 746
2014: 646
2013: 669
2012: 631
2011: 578
2010: 588
2009: 525
2008: 55344 45
2007: 520
2006: 494
2005: 459
2004: 453
2003: 466
2002: 537
2001: 50045
2000: 541
1999: 480

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2016: 13.8833
2015: 15.61
2014: 13.69
2013: 14.38
2012: 13.81
2011: 12.91
2010: 13.35
2008: 13.11
2007: 12.65
2006: 12.33
2005: 11.71
2004: 11.83
2003: 12.45
2002: 14.70
2001: 14.00
2000: 15.42
1999: 13.90
1009: 12.13

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Queensland, annual firearm suicides total

2016: 4644
2015: 48
2014: 47
2013: 52
2012: 43
2011: 37
2010: 66
2009: 49
2008: 56
2007: 51
2006: 55
2005: 39
2004: 38
2003: 47
2002: 57

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.9533
2015: 1.00
2014: 1.00
2013: 1.12
2012: 0.94
2011: 0.83
2010: 1.50
2009: 1.13
2008: 1.33
2007: 1.24
2006: 1.37
2005: 1.00
2004: 0.99
2003: 1.26
2002: 1.56

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Queensland, annual handgun suicides total

2016: 744
2015: 4
2014: 5
2013: 6
2012: 8
2011: 6
2010: 9
2009: 4
2008: 7
2007: 3
2006: 4
2005: 2
2004: 6
2003: 5
2002: 10

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.1433
2015: 0.08
2014: 0.11
2013: 0.13
2012: 0.18
2011: 0.13
2010: 0.20
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.17
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.10
2005: 0.05
2004: 0.16
2003: 0.13
2002: 0.27

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Queensland, the number of long gun suicides is

2016: 3644
2015: 41
2014: 34
2013: 43
2012: 32
2011: 27
2010: 54
2009: 39
2008: 46
2007: 38
2006: 45
2005: 34
2004: 17
2003: 29
2002: 36

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.7433
2015: 0.86
2014: 0.72
2013: 0.92
2012: 0.70
2011: 0.60
2010: 1.23
2009: 0.90
2008: 1.09
2007: 0.92
2006: 1.12
2005: 0.87
2004: 0.44
2003: 0.77
2002: 0.99

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Queensland, annual gun suicides (other) total

2016: 344
2015: 3
2014: 8
2013: 3
2012: 3
2011: 4
2010: 3
2009: 6
2008: 3
2007: 10
2006: 6
2005: 3
2004: 15
2003: 13
2002: 11

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0633
2015: 0.06
2014: 0.17
2013: 0.06
2012: 0.07
2011: 0.09
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.14
2008: 0.07
2007: 0.24
2006: 0.15
2005: 0.08
2004: 0.39
2003: 0.35
2002: 0.30

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Queensland, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2016: 146
2015: 0
2014: 4
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 4
2010: 1
2009: 6
2008: 3
2007: 2
2006: 0
2005: 8
2004: 18
2003: 15
2002: 12

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0233
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.08
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.09
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.14
2008: 0.07
2007: 0.05
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.20
2004: 0.47
2003: 0.40
2002: 0.33

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Queensland, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2016: 046
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 3
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0
2002: 2

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0033
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.07
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2002: 0.05

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Queensland, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2016: 146
2015: 0
2014: 4
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 4
2010: 1
2009: 2
2008: 0
2007: 2
2006: 0
2005: 0
2004: 4
2003: 4
2002: 5

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0233
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.08
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.09
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.05
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.05
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.10
2003: 0.11
2002: 0.14

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Queensland, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2016: 046
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 4
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 8
2004: 14
2003: 11
2002: 5

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0033
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.20
2004: 0.37
2003: 0.29
2002: 0.14

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Queensland, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2016: 447
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 1
2012: 4
2011: 0
2010: 3
2009: 1
2008: 2
2007: 3
2006: 2
2005: 0

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0833
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.02
2012: 0.09
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.05
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.05
2005: 0.00

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Queensland, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2016: 047
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 2
2005: 0

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0033
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.05
2005: 0.00

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Queensland, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2016: 047
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 3
2009: 0
2008: 2
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0033
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.05
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Queensland, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2016: 447
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 1
2012: 4
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 1
2008: 0
2007: 3
2006: 0
2005: 0

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Queensland, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0833
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.02
2012: 0.07
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00

Legal Intervention Gun Homicides

ChartIn Queensland, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2016: 048
2015: 0

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Queensland, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence49 50 51 52 53

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Queensland, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law54 55 56

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, Queensland was categorized as 'minor'57

Firearm Imports

In Queensland, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law54 58 55 56

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Queensland is low59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Queensland, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law70

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Queensland include71 72 certification of the intended end user of any small arms or ammunition transfer, and/or a written declaration of its intended end use

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Queensland is categorised as restrictive73

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Queensland includes the Weapons Act 1990,74 the Weapons Regulation 1996,75 and the Weapons Categories Regulation 199776

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Queensland are regulated by the Governor in Council77 and the Police78

Right to Possess Firearms

In Queensland, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law79 80 81

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Queensland, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic and self-loading rifles and shotguns, and most handguns82 83 84 85 86 87 88

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Queensland, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited, with only narrow exceptions for permanently inoperable display, museum or collector's guns82 85

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Queensland, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited, lookalikes included, in all but exceptional circumstances82 89 86

Regulation of Handguns

In Queensland, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is only permitted subject to stringent conditions90 91 92 87

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Queensland, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law82 93 94 89 84

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Queensland, only licensed gun owners95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Queensland are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example gun club membership for sport/target shooting, hunting, narrow employment requirements, use by sporting and theatrical organisations, and bona fide gun collectors.106 82 107 108 97 109 110 85 105
In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason111 112 113 114

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Queensland is 18 years, or 11 years while under the immediate supervision of an appropriately qualified adult licence holder115 116 117 118

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Queensland must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental health, physical, addiction, domestic violence and other119 120 121 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Queensland, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are required for some licence categories122

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Queensland stipulates119 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Queensland, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required123 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Queensland, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every five to ten years, depending on the licence category124 110 125

Licensing Records

In Queensland, authorities maintain a record126 127 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Queensland are permitted to possess 1 category C rifle and 1 category C shotgun, with very limited exceptions,98 89 or no more than 1 pistol in the first 12 months of being issued a licence to possess a 'concealable' firearm92

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Queensland are permitted to possess magazines with a maximum capacity of up to 10 rounds86

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Queensland, the law requires126 128 127 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Queensland, licensed firearm dealers are required129 51 130 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Queensland, licensed gun makers are required129 51 130 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Queensland, State agencies are required131 132 to maintain records of the storage and movement of all firearms and ammunition under their control

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Queensland, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited unless conducted and registered by a licensed firearm dealer, or in remote locations by police133 134 135 52

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Queensland, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful136 49 137 52

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Queensland is obliged138 100 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Queensland is obliged138 100 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Queensland, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is limited to no more than one pistol in the first 12 months of a licence to possess a 'concealable' firearm92

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

The number of licensed firearm dealers in Queensland is reported to be

1999: 280139

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Queensland, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 28 days for a first sale or transfer,140 141 with some exemptions for subsequent acquisition of the same type of firearm for which the owner already holds a licence

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Queensland, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are regulated142 143 144 133 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Queensland include145 146 147 138 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private firearms and ammunition by licensed gun owners

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Queensland include137 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 52 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Queensland include148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Queensland include147 156 157 52 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Queensland, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law158 159 160 161

Firearm Tracing

In Queensland, state authorities carry out162 163 164 165 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Queensland, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not166 167 168 169 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Queensland, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited without genuine reason. In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason.111 112 113 114

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Queensland, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is prohibited without genuine reason. In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason.111 112 113 114

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Queensland, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm170 is two to 13 years in prison171 133 128 136 49 103 172 113 159 160 173

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in Queensland are known to have174 175 176 implemented voluntary firearm surrender schemes, and/or weapon seizure programmes in order to reduce the number of illicit firearms in circulation

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

ChartIn Queensland, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered, bought back or seized by authorities is reported to be

2013: 4,440176 177 178 179 180
2004: 18,612181 175 182
1997: 130,893174 183 184

Small Arms Destroyed

ChartIn Queensland, the number of firearms destroyed following amnesty, collection and seizure programmes is reported to be

2004: 18,612181 175 182
1996-2001: 130,893174

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Queensland, it is not state policy185 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market


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GunPolicy.org.2016.‘Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms and of Privately Owned Firearms - QLD.’ Number of Registered Firearms, Queensland.Sydney:GunPolicy.org,13 December. (Q13222)Full Citation

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